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New Guy with Trip Qs for Keystone WP area

post #1 of 20
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My wife and I are trying to plan a snowboarding trip to either Keystone or Winter Park from November 30th thru Dec. 4th for our 1st Anniversary.

I am looking for opinions as to which mountain is better for beginner (my wife) and intermediate (me) snowboarders.

right now we are leaning toward Keystone for the night skiing, but the lodging is more $$$$ than Winter Park.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 20
I would vote for WP. Great Ski School and lots of cruisers.

There are some WP here that could add more.

When I live in CO, I had several friends that lived/worked at Keystone but skied elsewhere. They talked about Keystone being in a donut hole and all the snowstorms going around it. If this is actually true, who knows, but that was their perception.
post #3 of 20
WP has great beginner terrain -- long, wide open cruisers, and not too crowded. My wife loved it. The only problem with being an intermediate boarder at WP is handling the flats and/or bumps around the superb blues. Since I ski, I never really pay much attention to them -- check out this thread where I asked about this for a boarder friend: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=39055
post #4 of 20
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Thanks for the input!
post #5 of 20
MATTB2179, Welcome to Epicski! Many happy returns.

Mark
post #6 of 20
well, you could cut your room costs if you stayed less than 5 miles down the road in frisco or you maybe able to cut the costs if you looked in breckenridge which is about 7 miles away, but has a lot more housing - http://www.hocksnest.com/ close to the "ski resort" part of town.

if it were me, i'd try and find something in breckenridge and drive over, as breckenridge has more ski town to it that keystone+WP(more ski resort complexes) in my opinion; and you can ski breckenridge,keystone and abasin on the same ticket.
post #7 of 20
if you are talking beginner terrain i would argue ours at WP cannot be beat. i would also suggest we have slightly better early season snowfall averages at WP.

i don't board, however, come by the ski school meeting place and introduce yourselves. i'll by you two a couple of anniversary drinks after work!
post #8 of 20
I'd definitely suggest WP. Snow can still be sparse at that time, and Keystone will likely be mobbed. Better for your health to avoid the white river of death.

Mike
post #9 of 20
well, i would say breckenridge has the best greens and blues for beginners, but wp will probably be less crowded considering thats a weekend trip and wp also seems to get more snow earlier than keystone/breck; but all places could be hit or miss that early which is another reason i'd pick a spot and go where the snow is. so, i'm still standing by my stay in breck suggestion.
post #10 of 20
WP is a weekend trip from where?
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
WP is a weekend trip from where?
Denver.
post #12 of 20
please......WP is only 60 miles from Denver.
post #13 of 20
misread Skicougar's post. Many folk flock from Denver to WP on weekends. If you want to miss the crowds, go during the week.

Mike
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy View Post
if you are talking beginner terrain i would argue ours at WP cannot be beat. i would also suggest we have slightly better early season snowfall averages at WP.

i don't board, however, come by the ski school meeting place and introduce yourselves. i'll by you two a couple of anniversary drinks after work!
I can definately handle that! :

Speaking of which, how is the night life around WP? That is one thing about Crested Butte that we didn't care for. By 10pm that place was pretty quiet.

We are not hard core partiers, but enjoy a nice live band and cold drinks every once in a while.
post #15 of 20
it's pretty quiet at the base area. But town is a little more lively. Buses run from the base to town (which is about 2 miles away).
post #16 of 20
If you can stay out past ten, you're not skiing hard enough!
post #17 of 20
Mom, I agree--we've been known to say that our idea of nightlife is staying awake through dinner!
post #18 of 20
Winter Park is by far my favorite area, I would take it anyday over Breck or Keystone BUT it has been awhile since I stayed overnight there but from what I remember the nightlife is pretty dead. Breck in my opinion probably has the best town and the most stuff to do after skiing.
post #19 of 20
Breck definitely attracts a more "club" oriented vacationer. Winter Park is not as dead as you would assume. There's always a couple clubs with live music (at least Friday and Saturday). Doc's at the base can get a little rowdy at times, but does close around 9 or 10. for entertainment, go to the town of Winter Park.
post #20 of 20

Think about man-made snow

Some Keystone considerations:
1. Night Skiing
2. Great Dining selection - splurge on your anniversary at one of the 4 STar restaurants.
3. Man-Made Snow - despite wanting 19 feet of natural snow, Keystone has one of the most extensive snow making systems in Colorado.
4. Live music at River Run.

good luck and enjoy.
Guy

http://GreatRentalKeystone.com
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